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Hi I'm Chris

I make music. I like cats. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi. I live in Austin, TX and I've been here for about 10 years (minus two for the mission I served in Boise, ID). I was born in the Los Angeles area of California, but I grew up in Utah and Wyoming. I moved here to Texas to go to film school at the University of Texas, Austin. My mother is LDS, but my father is Catholic. They were divorced when I was 3 years old and I grew up with my mother. We were off and on active in the LDS church as I was growing up. When I went away to college I chose to not be active in the church for the first few years, but then became active my senior year (I'll explain that more in the "Why I'm a Mormon" section). I then graduated from UT and went right out on my mission. I served my mission in Boise, Idaho. After my mission, I made my way back down to Austin and I have been here for the past 5 years. I got married to my eternal mate two years ago. I love to play guitar and write music. I also love to ride bikes and like to work on bikes. I work for The Liquidation Channel as a Director.

Why I am a Mormon

When I first went to Austin I didn't really know anyone, so I started to go to Monday night family home evenings because my roommate was LDS. I started to meet people that I really connected with and I started to ponder on spiritual things. I decided that I needed to read the BOM (Book of Mormon) because I had been LDS my entire life (sort of) and I had never read the BOM. I knew a lot about the LDS culture, but I really didn't know the doctrine. It took me about a year to read the BOM and when I was done I did what I have heard that I should do: pray to know that the BOM is the word of God. So I did, and I didn't really feel anything, so I continued on with my life as normal. A few months later I had not received an answer to my prayers yet. So I prayed again, and I picked up my BOM and turned to a random chapter. The chapter I turned to was Alma 22 and it is about Aaron, a prophet, teaching a king about the gospel. When he finishes teaching he instructs the king to pray to know if what he said was true. In verse 18 this is the king's prayer: "...and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee..." When I read how the king said "I will give away all my sins to know thee" I had never had a scriptural phrase strike me that much in my entire life. I realized that I needed to make a promise to God that if he told me the Book of Mormon is His word and that the LDS church is Jesus Christ's true church, then I needed to promise to follow it. I had to decide if I even wanted the answer, because I knew that I really would have to give away my sins, and I knew it would be hard, but I came to the determination that I needed to know, so that's how I prayed, and very soon after I prayed I received my answer. I strongly felt the spirit open my eyes, and suddenly everything made sense. It's like my eyes were opened for the first time. It's a feeling I'll never forget.

How I live my faith

My calling in the church is Assistant Ward Clerk, but I feel more like a ward missionary most of the time. I am very involved with the missionaries and I like teaching people about the church and helping them understand the truth that I have learned. I hope that I am a good example to the people around me. I am not much of a reader, but my goal is to read the Book of Mormon six times this year.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

From all the different definitions of "cult" that I have read, just about any sect of Christianity falls in the category of "cult". I don't feel like I am in a cult. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the center of my life, just as the gospel of Jesus Christ is the center of a devout catholic or devout baptist, I just have different doctrines that I believe in. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Things that go on in the Temple aren't really "secret", per say, but considered sacred. Anyone can read (almost word for word) what goes on in the temple by reading the book of Moses in The Pearl of Great Price, which is considered scripture. It is important to know that a person must be spiritually prepared to go to the temple because the promises that you make with the Lord (which are pretty much the same promises a person would make when they get baptized) are deeper, more serious commitments, and a person will be held more accountable before God. At the same time that person has greater chance to receive great blessing both here and for eternity. Show more Show less